I reblog this too much but its just so inspiring
how many times do doctors need to confirm that lack of sleep is physically and emotionally harming high school students because of how early they have to be up before someone will give enough of a shit about these kids’ health to actually change something
Probably because in addition to the solution “start school later” there is the alternative solution that doesn’t involve bureaucratic change called “go to bed earlier”
And while this will lead to protestations about social lives and too much homework and soccer practice — and really, we ought to be sympathetic to such protestations— solving THAT problem would demand a simple shortening of the total school day (if you need more sleep and want it from the morning portion of schooltime, it would get tacked on at the end, pushing your extracurriculars even farther back, tightening the time between after-school and a reasonable bedtime further) The solution to “we don’t get enough sleep” is not “make school start later” (and tack the loss onto the end of the school day) it’s “shorten the school day”, and as many argue, schools in north america are already (on average) kind of behind in the breadth of topics they cover before graduation.
as you might intuit, this problem quickly spirals out of control… In fact, it has already bled into a social commentary and institutional commentary on what is expected of students that they be worthy of the descriptor “well-rounded”. Shortening the school day to make room for the extracurriculars that mean you go to bed too late to wake up in time for school points to an overabundance of extracurriculars (or an overabundance of school) and some point, we need to look at productivity in each case. Surely, if nothing else, a variety of extracurriculars help your college application, and maybe help you figure out what you like and don’t like, even though there is ample valid criticism of extracurriculars, we can leave that aside in the interest of kids who would say “why should I have to stop all these things for the sake of school?”
So do we really need 6.5 hours of school a day? Well, it depends, is *time* the critical factor in educating people to an acceptable standard? I’m sure we’ve all had 2 or 3 hour classes in which you say at the end “I’ve learned nothing” and 50 minute classes where you’ve said at the end “holy crap I can’t believe how much I learned”. Clearly then there is an effectivity issue. But again, the alertness of the students surely plays into this. Would shortening the school day result in higher effectiveness in classroom learning? On the other hand, there is a base minimum which a teacher needs to disseminate information. Is it possible in four years to get from algebra to geometry to trigonometry to pre-calculus with e.g. 5 hour school days? Probably. Is it possible to get there with a rich and detailed understanding of said topics? Well, here’s the thing, It might not be, but the counter-argument would go “well it’s ALREADY isn’t happening because of teachers resources tired students blah blah etc.” SO the question is. Do we want to do away with the possibility of excellent education, in favor of the greater possibility of a slighter higher level of mediocrity? If shortening the school day would mean limiting the breadth of knowledge capable of being imparted by the best teachers to the most alert students, in favor of slightly more effectively teaching a more limited breadth of knowledge to slightly more alert students writ large… is this a good exchange?
Why have I wasted so much time writing about this?
…with some killer swedish pancakes. I highly recommend them, the recipe is best described as 50% Eggs, 30% milk, 15% flour and 5% butter sugar and salt. In my opinion that’s a way better combo than regular pancakes, as they are mostly egg and pack much more protein without much flour, they’re thin and don’t go soggy, they’re FUCKIN DELICIOUS. Man I am feeling so happy about my swedish pancakes! Also hello they are so easy to make.
I’d show you a picture but I ate them too fast. SWEDISH PANCAKES OMG
Matty Healy (via saetern)
i RELATE SO HARD to this